'The Atlantic,' Anonymous Content Sign First-Look Deal To Develop Journalism Into Other Formats

The Atlantic and Anonymous Content have signed a multi-year, first-look deal, meaning that the production company will get first access to develop and produce scripted and unscripted content from The Atlantic’s journalism.

This includes feature films, documentaries, television shows and podcasts.

Anonymous Content has developed many popular film and TV series, from “The Revenant” and “Spotlight" to “True Detective” (HBO) and “Mr. Robot” (USA Network).

“We look forward to bringing more great Atlantic stories to film and television,” stated The Atlantic President Bob Cohn.

Cohn told Variety, which first reported the news, that about a dozen potential projects have been identified.

The Atlantic and Anonymous Content share a common investor: Emerson Collective, which was founded by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.



Publishers are increasingly signing deals with production companies to develop editorial into other formats, such as The Guardian and Vice and NBC and BuzzFeed.

All editorial production and licensing in video is overseen by Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg at The Atlantic. She is executive producer of its production arm, Atlantic Studios.

Atlantic Studios is currently producing its first feature-length documentary.

The Atlantic will hire an executive to help develop the creative material optioned through the deal.

The Atlantic is represented by UTA.

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